Champs East Kerry will be boosted by Rathmore players

Jubilant East Kerry captain Dan O’Donoghue, from Spa, holds the Bishop Moynihan Cup aloft

CHAMPIONS East Kerry will play north Kerry district side Feale Rangers in the opening round of this year’s Kerry Senior Football Championship.

The county champions, with Kerry skipper David Clifford their standout player, will be even stronger this season as players from the Rathmore club will be available for selection by team trainer Jerry O’Sullivan and his management team.

The glamour ties of the knockout opening round will see two Killarney v Tralee clashes with Dr Crokes taking on Austin Stacks and Killarney Legion facing Kerins O’Rahillys.

Kilcummin have been drawn to play Mid Kerry and St Kierans face a tricky tie against South Kerry.

Dingle play Templenoe in what promises to be a cracker, Sean O’Shea and Stephen O’Brien’s Kenmare Shamrocks will engage with Shannon Rangers and St Brendans face West Kerry.

The games will be played on the weekend of August 22/23 and the venues and times will be confirmed in the coming days.

This year’s championship will see 16 teams involved in a straight knockout format and the games will have to be decided on the day, meaning extra time and a penalty shootout, if required.

The Kenmare District Board has withdrawn from this year’s championship as both Kenmare Shamrocks and Templenoe will go it alone.

What it’s all about: The Bishop Moynihan Cup

THE DRAW

Mid Kerry v Kilcummin

Feale Rangers v East Kerry

Dingle v Templenoe

St Kierans v South Kerry

Kenmare Shamrocks v Shannon Rangers

Killarney Legion v Kerins O’Rahillys

Dr Crokes v Austin Stacks

St Brendans v West Kerry.

In the straight knockout Kerry Senior Hurling Championship, meanwhile, Lixnaw will play Abbeydorney, Ballyheigue face Ballyduff, St Brendan’s Ardfert will take on Kilmoyley and champions Causeway play Crotta O’Neills. The games will be played on the weekend of August 16.

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